On October 5, the New York Times published an exposé alleging that Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most revered moguls and influential kingpins, has been sexually harassing and abusing women for nearly 30 years. On October 10, the New Yorker followed with another extensive report, including several graphic, on-the-record accounts from more of Weinstein’s alleged victims. Just a couple of hours later, the Times followed up its own report with yet more public accounts, including from industry stalwarts Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
Together, the allegations indicate that Weinstein may have abused his power on a variety of fronts over decades, and identify a pattern of behavior in which Weinstein often invited women to hotels for “business meetings,” only to make sexual advances against their will. Most of the women Weinstein allegedly targeted were young and had little institutional power, and they say they were afraid to speak out afterward for fear that he would ruin their careers.
Comprising both specific incidents of assault and ongoing harassment and suggestive behavior, the list of women accusing Weinstein is long — and as more women speak up, it’s likely to get longer. Here are all the women who have so far gone on record alleging that Weinstein sexually harassed and abused them, presented alphabetically. Please be advised that the details below include explicit and disturbing accounts of sexual assault.
This list will be updated as necessary.
Asia Argento (actress/filmmaker)
First at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France in 1997, and then multiple times through 1999:
At first, Weinstein was solicitous, praising her work. Then he left the room. When he returned, he was wearing a bathrobe and holding a bottle of lotion. “He asks me to give a massage. I was, like, ‘Look man, I am no fucking fool,’” Argento said. “But, looking back, I am a fucking fool. And I am still trying to come to grips with what happened.”
Argento said that, after she reluctantly agreed to give Weinstein a massage, he pulled her skirt up, forced her legs apart, and performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop. Weinstein “terrified me, and he was so big,” she said. “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.” [New Yorker]
Rosanna Arquette (actress)
At the Beverly Hills Hotel in the early 1990s:
Arquette recalled that, when she arrived at the room, Weinstein opened the door wearing a white bathrobe. Weinstein said that his neck was sore and that he needed a massage. She told him that she could recommend a good masseuse. “Then he grabbed my hand,” she said. He put it on his neck. When she yanked her hand away, she told me, Weinstein grabbed it again and pulled it toward his penis, which was visible and erect. “My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,” she said. She told Weinstein, “I will never do that.” [New Yorker]
Jessica Barth (actress)
At the Beverly Hills Peninsula, in 2011:
Weinstein invited her to a business meeting at the Peninsula. When she arrived, he asked her over the phone to come up to his room. … Barth said that, in the conversation that followed, he alternated between offering to cast her in a film and demanding a naked massage in bed. “So, what would happen if, say, we’re having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage?” she recalled him asking. “And I’m, like, ‘That’s not going to happen.’ ”
When she moved toward the door to leave, Weinstein lashed out, saying that she needed to lose weight “to compete with Mila Kunis,” and then, apparently in an effort to mollify her, promising a meeting with one of his female executives. “He gave me her number, and I walked out and I started bawling.” [New Yorker]
Zoë Brock (actress)
At the Cannes Film Festival in 1997:
Harvey left the room, but not for long. He re-emerged naked a couple of minutes later and asked if I would give him a massage. Panicking, in shock, I remember weighing up the options and wondering how much I needed to placate him to keep myself safe. He asked if I would like a massage instead, and for a second I thought this might be a way to give him an inch without him taking a mile.
I told him I was uncomfortable and that I was angry that I had been tricked into this position. He pleaded with me to let him massage me and I let him put his hands on my shoulders while my mind raced. [Medium]
Liza Campbell (writer and artist)
At a London hotel room in 1995:
“He sat down, chatted for a few minutes and then excused himself and left the room through a far door, where I could see a short passage that connected to the bedroom and the bathroom. I assumed he had gone for a pee,” she said. “I could hear him moving around and suddenly the sound of bath taps running. ‘What do you say we both jump in the bath?’ he hollered. I could hear the thump of shoes being taken off and felt shocked that the meeting had turned sleazy.” [People]
Emma de Caunes (actress)
At the Hotel Ritz in Paris in 2010:
As they got to his room, she received a telephone call from one of her colleagues, and Weinstein disappeared into a bathroom, leaving the door open. She assumed that he was washing his hands.
“When I hung up the phone, I heard the shower go on in the bathroom,” she said. “I was, like, What the fuck, is he taking a shower?” Weinstein came out, naked and with an erection. “What are you doing?” she asked. Weinstein demanded that she lie on the bed and told her that many other women had done so before her. [New Yorker]
Cara Delevingne (actress)
Undisclosed time and place:
When I first started to work as an actress, …read more